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“Higher-end dining in Santa Rosa” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Stark's Steakhouse

Stark's Steakhouse
521 Adams St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 546-5100
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Ranked #28 of 464 Restaurants in Santa Rosa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Seventh Street
San Jose, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Higher-end dining in Santa Rosa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

I must say that Stark’s lived up to its billing. The food was incredible! We had three different kinds of raw oysters, as well as crispy calamari for appetizers. (They do their calamari a little differently with an orange/chili sauce. It was an instant hit!) We had a few of their cocktails, which were all very good and unique. (When we asked for a Fuzzy Navel, the waiter had to check to see if they could make it, leading me to believe that most folks order strictly off of their Specialty/Vintage cocktail menu – or wine or beer.) Everything here is a la carte. The “sides” are served (small) family style, so you can mix-and-match in order to try a variety. We went for the broccoli and the mashed potatoes. Again, excellent. Two of us ordered filet mignon – one was USDA Prime, mine was Frontier natural grass fed. The USDA Prime was definitely more tender with less gristle. My daughter had the USDA Prime ribeye, my son ordered salmon and my mother ordered ahi tuna steak. We all sampled a little bit of everyone’s since no one had ever been to Stark’s before, and everyone enjoyed it all. Everything was tasty and cooked to perfection. To close out the evening, we all ordered a variety of desserts and I must say that mine was the best: Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread Pudding. (Probably because it’s made with buttery croissants!)

Yes, it’s a little pricey, but Stark’s is perfect for a special occasion. To be honest, I cannot see going here more than once, maybe twice a year. Oh, the only negative of the entire evening was that my daughter did not get a refill on her soft drink until we were almost finished with dinner, and my mother never got a refill on her coffee (which is actually served in a three-cup French press.) Perhaps they feel that it won’t run dry or get cold? We’ll never know. The water flowed freely and often; however. This is why I could not give a five-star rating.

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  • English first
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English first
cotati
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“One good, one not so good....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

First time I went with my girlfriend on a recommendation and it was excellant,Old Santa Rosa restuarant with a great atmosphere, good menu and our sever was on top of his game, very professional but not stiff,he knew the menu,the wine list and his timing was flawless, This place is not cheap however, everything that we had was excellant from the steaks (tender and cooked to perfection) to dessert.
We returned a few months later with a group for a dinner party and the this experience was not the greatest, service was extreemly slow, waitress was unattentive, dis-organized,looked like it was her first night, The food was 50/50, some of us got our steaks the way we wanted and some didn't, again! If you put yourself on a pedestal as a high end steak house you can NOT have this kind of variance....

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Taos, New Mexico
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113 reviews 113 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“Old Santa Rosa favorite.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Last night was my birthday dinner. We looked around for a "fancy" French restaurant and they all seemed to be closed on Tuesdays. It worked out really well! The food was excellent at this old, established restaurant in Old Town Santa Rosa. We started with the bread, which was the best I have had in a long time. It was smothered with garlic and some herb that was reminisce of escargot. Then, we went directly to the old favorite, meat. We had a perfectly prepared NY 16oz steak, half of which we took home. Along with it, we had Creme Fraiche Mashed Potatoes and the old standard loaded baked potato. Both, delicious. For dessert, we split a Myers lemon pudding cake. On top of that, the restaurant comped me a wonderful port to finish. It was an experience.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Rosa, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Very good food and service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We had dinner here recently and were very pleased with both the quality of the Food and the Service. The steaks (Prime Rib eye and Filet) were cooked perfectly, the sides were very tasty and generous! Our waitress paced the meal nicely and the other staff kept the water glasses full and completed dishes cleared. It was a busy Friday night but the staff were really moving fast. Somewhat expensive but worth the $$. A real plus is the "no corkage on the first two bottles".

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Long Beach, California, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A Must Do While In Santa Rosa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Was in town for a business trip and we had Great steaks, loved having the fireplace warming us up, and something that no one has mentioned in ANY of their reviews is their Scotch and Whiskey selection. I lost count after 20 different kinds of scotch and whiskey brands that they had!
We thoroughly enjoyed our scotch by the fireplace, and had the friendliest bar tender helping us out. Don't visit Guy's restaurant, visit Starks instead.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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